A premier environmental program known as the Green City Action Plan or GCAP is planning to transform Malaysia's Kota Kinabalu into a nature resort city - one that is clean, green and livable.


Situated in Southeast Asia and divided across Indonesia, Malaysia and Brunei – lies Borneo, part of the Brunei-Indonesia-Malaysia-Philippines East ASEAN Growth Area.

Famous for its orangutan reserves and five-star resorts, the island offers plenty of exotic novelties. Many travel to climb Mount Kinabalu.

Up by the mountain, overlooking the city lives Anak.

He wants to learn more about The Green City Action Plan, and what that means for the future of Kota Kinabalu.

Under its Vision 2025, the Green Cities Initiative is a premier environmental program known as the Green City Action Plan or GCAP and is Kota Kinabalu’s strategic blueprint for sustainable development and growth.

Kota Kinabalu, also known as KK has a vision of becoming “A nature resort city - one that is clean, green and livable.”

It also has a diverse population of 600,000 people including indigenous groups and almost 100,000 households residing in the city.

As he climbs down Mount Kinabalu, Anak hears about the 8 sectors of KK’s plan to implement the GCAP program.

Impressed with GCAP KK’s plan for the future, Anak knows there are two crucial issues to address.

 Firstly, the city is rapidly approaching critical levels of energy usage and GHG emissions.

And secondly, the impact of climate change. By 2100, with the current rise in sea levels, Sabah will see an increase which will likely cause flooding and coastal erosion.

The GCAP Water Supply Interventions will require the preparation of an Integrated Urban Water Management System.

These will involve much-needed investments, like upgrading the water pipes to ductile iron and rainwater harvesting systems.

Public transport corridors are being examined to facilitate transit orientated development, with affordable social housing being built alongside.

Other initiatives include:

Promoting non-motorized transport and low emission vehicles, the preparation of a comprehensive mobility plan, a policy to encourage public transport usage, outreach programs and establishing a crisis management center for flash floods and road blockages.

The GCAP will also retrofit buildings, making them cheaper and more efficient to run, as well as reducing overall emissions.

GCAP will also tackle the city’s garbage disposal problems by designing a Waste Management System with level segregation and collection by the local communities.

Plans include a biomethanation plant and material recovery facility that uses high calorific value waste in the cement industry and recycling.

They are also looking for opportunities to improve the lives of communities and residents with an extensive system of cycling networks across the city. 

As the sun sets over Kota Kinabalu, energy efficient lights illuminate the streets.

These are planned to replace the current neon lights.

Mom and Dad are so impressed with the human’s initiatives to keep Kota Kinabalu green and future-ready and can sleep well knowing their home will be there for generations to come.